My Hope Chest’s Newest Butterfly Takes Flight on Jan 29th


It’s Surgery Day for Luella!

Help us share in the excitement for our next “Butterfly” transformation headed to her final step of surgery, on Tuesday January 29th!

Miss Luella from Georgia is embarking on her 3rd step of breast reconstruction in the long journey “after” becoming cancer free.  It’s our honor to be a part of this chapter and closure from cancer…and just one more step till she’s through.  We’ll keep you posted here!

To learn more about Luella’s journey and all she went through. It’s why we are so excited for her… please read her story:

On June 24, 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. During my treatment I was approved for Medicaid but unfortunately the chemo put a toll on my body and I was just hired by the USPS as a City Carrier for 1 year then I was going to become a permanent employee. I had no choice but to resign because I was missing so many days from side effect of chemo and not being able to perform my duties. Since I was not employed for at least 6 months I didn’t qualify for FMLA or disability. I had no income and The Salvation Army paid my rent and utilities for a year and I received food stamps. After my double mastectomy Medicaid cancelled my coverage and I tried for almost 2 years to get it back they only approved my children and during this ordeal my right side expander(temporary breast implant) deflated and I have to put a sock in my bra so it appears I have breast. I started working 10/24/2016 and was told I have to wait for the enrollment.

“I am so grateful for you guys and I want to thank the organization for changing my life. I am so grateful and appreciate everything.” 

SCAR Project Premier Oct 14

David Jay is a full time fashion photographer who has been working on a personal project for the past 3 years called The SCAR Project. An acronym for “Surviving Cancer. Absolute Reality”, The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors. Dedicated to the often overlooked group of more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. Nearly 100 women have journeyed from across America and the world to be photographed for The SCAR Project. Some are mothers. Some are single women. Some are struggling students. Some are busy professionals. But they are all warriors, role models and survivors.

The SCAR Project is a powerful, beautifully disturbing look into the eyes of young women struggling with a devastating disease. A small web gallery with a few of the images can be found here:

The premier exhibition opens October 14th at the Openhouse Gallery on Mott St in NYC.

Jay has funded The SCAR Project himself the past 3 years and refuses to commercialize it any way. Any proceeds raised are donated to charity.

International Premier Exhibition Of The SCAR Project
October 14-17, 2010
Photography By David Jay

Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St, New York, New York, 10012.
Opening Night to Benefit Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation
Tickets Now Available at

The SCAR Project will culminate in an internationally traveling exhibition and book that capture the full scope of this compelling, inspiring survival story. David Jay will continue shooting SCAR Project subjects in his New York city studio and throughout the world as the The SCAR Project Continues.